WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement in response to the House Republican government shutdown. He also announced that he will not accept his salary accrued during the shutdown.

“We can avoid the harmful effects of this government shutdown if the House allows a vote on the Senate-passed plan that keeps the government running without rehashing old political fights. It’s time for the House to put middle-class families, senior citizens, and veterans ahead of political ideology,” Brown said. “With a government shutdown upon us, we know that countless working Ohioans will be affected—from small business owners in Lima and Chillicothe, to employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to families in Lorain and Springfield waiting for a home loan. It’s time to allow House Members a vote on the Senate-passed plan and end the shutdown.”

Brown Helped Pass Legislation Ensuring Pay and Benefits for Servicemembers Even During Shutdown

Brown supported legislation passed yesterday to ensure that pay and benefits for our nation’s servicemembers currently on active duty would be uninterrupted should the government shut down.  The Pay Our Military Act would ensure that active duty members of the Armed Forces and certain supporting civilian and contractor personnel, continue to receive pay and allowances for service performed during a government shutdown.

Brown Will Not Accept Salary During a Shutdown; Will Donate Shutdown Pay to Charity

Brown has announced that he will not accept his federal salary accrued during the government shutdown and will instead donate it to charity. In 2011, Brown pledged to forego his salary in the event of a government shutdown. Following the 1995 shutdown, Brown donated his salary to various charities in his then-House District.